Florida governor Ron DeSantis affirmed he would ban “gender transition” surgeries for minors during a Monday podcast.

“I would ban the sex change, the operations,” DeSantis told Fox News contributor and journalist Lisa Boothe during a Monday episode of her podcast. She had asked if he would take Florida Department of Health guidelines, which already recommend against so-called gender transition, a step further by supporting a state law to ban such procedures.

DeSantis continued, pointing out, “You can’t get a tattoo if you’re 12 years old. When they say ‘gender-affirming care,’ what they mean, a lot of times, is you are really … castrating a young boy, you’re sterilizing a young girl, you’re doing mastectomies for these very young girls.”

He also highlighted the fact that 80 percent of gender dysphoria cases “resolve themselves” as children grow older, as a study published in the International Review of Psychiatry and cited by the Florida Department of Health notes.

“You’re doing things that are permanently altering them, and then they’re not gonna be able to reverse that, and so I don’t think it’s appropriate for kids at all,” he added.

On April 20, the Florida Department of Health released guidance warning against transgender drugs and surgeries for minors, including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and operations such as mastectomies and tracheal shaves, which it said “run an unacceptably high risk of doing harm,” citing a recent article published in the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

…. Florida’s guidelines came as a response to documents issued last month by the Biden administration’s Department of Health & Human Services that hail “gender affirming care,” including chemical and surgical castration as “crucial” for “transgender and nonbinary” youth.

…. Gov. DeSantis said last year that he would sign this type of legislation if it crossed his desk. However, one such recent Florida bill, HB 211, known as the Vulnerable Child Protection Act, that would crack down on doctors who remove children’s healthy body parts or prescribe off-label hormone drugs to kids, has been blocked by Florida’s Republican House Speaker, according to the bill author.

The above comes from a May 4 story in LifeSiteNews.